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March 31, 2017, 4:00 p.m. CDT
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Peru State Distinguished Speaker Series features Vijay Gupta
Peru, Nebraska – Violinist, co-founder of Street Symphony and mental health issue activist Vijay Gupta spoke on campus as part of Peru State’s 2016-2017 Distinguished Speaker Series.
Gupta has performed internationally as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician since he was eight. He debuted with the Israel Philharmonic at age eleven and joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic when he turned 19.
Gupta began his speech by playing the violin. The violin music was a sharp contrast to his frank assessment of life for the mentally ill.
Gupta spoke of his experience sharing music with the homeless, imprisoned and mentally ill of Los Angeles – particularly in Skid Row. That work with music turned into his efforts to co-found Street Symphony.
Street Symphony is a musical program that engages marginalized communities, such as the homeless, mentally ill and those who are incarcerated. It is focused on Los Angeles and the Skidrow area.
For more information, visit www.peru.edu or call 1-800-742-4412.
About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks” is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017. Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs. Similarly, the college’s ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region. Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.